11.pngBased on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
Sung in French with English dialogue and English supertitles. 

Coming March 20-22, 2020

" The comic opera  Béatrice et Bénédict, composed between 1860 and 1862, was Berlioz’s last major work... Based on a simplified version of the plot of Much ado about nothing it is another example of his life-long admiration for Shakespeare who inspired several of his greatest works.

    The Overture is one of Berlioz’s most delicate and subtle orchestral pieces, and its allusiveness constantly teases the listener. Though drawn from no less than six different arias or ensembles, the music is seamlessly fused by Berlioz into a coherent symphonic whole, much as Weber had done in his overtures to Der Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon.

    The Sicilienne, which reappears twice in the opera, early in the first act then as an entr’acte, uses in a modified form a melody composed by Berlioz in 1819, Le Dépit de la bergère (H 7). The original melody dates thus from his early years in La Côte St André even before he came to Paris in 1821." -www.hberlioz.com

Tickets: $7 Student/Senior  |  $10 Adult
Available online through Ticket Central 
or by calling 989-774-3045

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School of Music produces an annual full-length opera during the spring semester, featuring the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. Unlike larger institutions in the state of Michigan, undergraduate, rather than graduate students perform the overwhelming majority of the leading roles in our productions.

Students at Central Michigan University have several different opportunities to perform in opera and musical theatre. During the fall semester, The School of Music presents an Opera Gala which features music from the operatic literature as well as the American Musical Theatre. Additionally, The School of Music, in conjunction with the School of Theatre, produces a fully staged musical theatre production each fall semester. Recent collaborative shows include, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Into the Woods, Chicago, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Little Night Music, Pal Joey, Urinetown, Little Women, Kiss Me, Kate and Secret Garden.

The mission of the opera program here at Central Michigan University is to prepare students for the professional world of singing. To that end, we bring in professional stage directors and coaches to work with our students as part of the production process. 

Recent opera theatre productions include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, The Mikado, Die Fledermaus, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute.

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Past Opera Performances